Advocates Seek More Focus on Learning Foreign Languages
Issue billed as critical to competing in global economy
As business and culture in the United States continue to be ever more defined by their global connections, advocates for the teaching of foreign languages are ramping up their efforts to make the learning of foreign languages a higher national priority.
The issue was front and center at a forum here last week that brought together experts from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, to elevate the discussion on the increasing need for the study of foreign languages in English-speaking countries and to examine strategies to boost language instruction.
"There's no longer a premium for English. The global conversation is out of control, and our commerce and government are struggling to keep up," said William P. Rivers, the executive director of the Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Language and International Studies, a Washington-based nonprofit that advocates for...
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